It’s quite interesting that Austin wants to take on The Beast Incarnate in the ring, given what happened 20 years ago.
Let’s go back to 2002 when WWE was trying to build new stars to replace the old defenders.
Shortly before the June 10, 2002, episode of WWE RAW, Austin joined WWE and Vince McMahon. Reason? Rattlesnake was scheduled to face rookie Brock Lesnar in a King of the Ring knockout that night.
What annoyed Austin was the fact that Lesnar was supposed to beat him in the match and go deep in the tournament. The WWE veteran is aware that Lesnar is a formidable opponent and a monstrous nature.
He is not satisfied with WWE put two men in a regular RAW episode with no integration and no exaggeration.
Austin has since spoken out about his decision to step away from WWE in 2002. The WWE Hall of Famer has made it clear on many occasions that he regrets what he did back then.
“I disagree with it [the match with Lesnar]. I never liked blowing smoke on my **, but people like me, like Hogan, and a few others, they don’t grow on trees. So you want to sacrifice what you’ve built in me? And no accumulation? But stepping out there is still utter stupidity and stubbornness on my part. I was supposed to show up, and that’s my biggest regret in the pro wrestling business. ‘ said Austin. [H/T Sportscasting]
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As a result Austin went for a walk, that night Bubba Ray Dudley was fed by Brock Lesnar. Lesnar continues to beat Rob Van Dam in the final of the tournament to become King of the Rings in 2002.
As a rule, he won a hit at the WWE Undisputed Championship at SummerSlam 2002. Brock Lesnar defeated The Rock at The Biggest Party of the Summer to become the youngest WWE Champion ever.
As for Austin, he returned to WWE TV just a few months later.
WWE cast a shadow over Austin the night he stepped out of the company. Luckily for him, he was too valuable to WWE to get blacked out of the company for his big mistake.
Austin returned and began a feud with The Rock when WrestleMania XIX appeared closer in early 2003. The two arch-enemies met in their third WrestleMania encounter, with Austin losing the match.
The legendary opening match was Austin’s last, as an injury forced him to retire soon after.
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